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Michigan COVID-19 survivor says vision of the Blessed Solanus Casey saved his life

Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press on

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Despite the visions and the feelings of comfort and calm Ostrowski said he felt, his physical condition continued to worsen after he saw the man in the brown robe.

By Aug. 3, doctors said he needed a ventilator and he was put into a medically induced coma. Soon after, his wife was told Ostrowski needed the support of an artificial heart-lung device called Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, or ECMO, to survive because his heart and his lungs were too weak to keep him alive.

But Sparrow doesn't offer ECMO treatment for patients who are that critically ill. And no hospitals in Michigan had beds available to treat Ostrowski with the potentially lifesaving device, he said.

His doctor widened the search, while his wife continued to pray.

That's when the family learned that a hospital in Indiana had an available ECMO device and was willing to take him.

"It seemed like God was opening doors for me, you know, and Father Solanus Casey," Ostrowski said. "Every issue that ... occurred was always overcome by something that was ... out of our control and more divine."

 

Ostrowski, who has diabetes and was unvaccinated when he contracted the virus, remained on the ECMO machine for six weeks at a hospital in Indiana. He was later released to a rehabilitation center and finally was able to return to his home in Eaton Rapids in early September.

He spoke with a deacon at his church and a priest in the Diocese of Lansing about the man in the brown robe who brought him hope when he had little in his hospital bed.

"Throughout his earthly life, Father Solanus Casey was well known across Michigan, and far beyond, as a saintly wonder worker who had a particular love for the sick and, hence, it's really not surprising that Blessed Solanus Casey continues to work wonders for those who continue to ask for his Heavenly assistance," said David Kerr, a spokesman for the Diocese of Lansing.

However what happened to Ostrowski isn't considered a miracle by investigators in the Catholic Church, but rather a favor. Such a designation could propel Casey to sainthood.

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